I'm Halfway Through College and This is What I've Learned

One of the reasons I wanted to go to college (besides for the obvious degree that will get me a job) was for the experience. I wanted to get thrown out of my comfort zone and really learn about myself and the world. I'm halfway through and this is what I’ve learned so far…

  1. No one cares what you do (different from high school). Wear the same T-shirt two days in a row.
  2. Making connections is the most important thing you can do (professors, peers, that girl you met in the fraternity bathroom).
  3. That cute boy won’t matter to you in two weeks.
  4. No one really has their life together; they just act like it. Don't beat yourself up when you feel like your life is falling to pieces.
  5. You find out who your real friends are. The ones who call and checkup often, those are your best friends.
  6. Remind yourself that YOU ROCK. There will be days you feel like a plastic bag floating through the city. That brings me to my next point…
  7. Everything is temporary: the pain of finals, working 40 hours a week on top of classes, or your best friend studying abroad for an entire semester. Nothing is forever and soon the darkness will pass.
  8. It's okay to make mistakes. It's okay to be stupid.
  9. Your parents aren’t as bad as you thought during your stubborn high school days. Remind them that you love them.
  10. It's not about how many clubs joined or how long your resume is. What matters is the passion you put into the things you do.
  11. Going off of that, don't get caught up with your resume. I once watched a TED Talk about the importance of focusing on your eulogy rather than your resume. Think about that for a second.
  12. GPA matters, but don't let it define you.
  13. When you find good people in your life, do not let them go.
  14. Take advantage of free food. I repeat, take advantage of free food!!
  15. It goes by quick, so never waste a day. Live in the moment as much as possible.
  16. Experience everything. Go to that event or that party.
  17. You'll regret what you didn't do, rather than what you did.
  18. Don't be afraid to try things. Apply for that position you're not qualified for.
  19. Tell your friends you love them, too. They most likely became your home away from home.
  20. College is the best time of your life.
  21. Enjoy every second.

I feel like I have learned so much about life in my two short years at the University of Alabama. Obviously I learned a lot in my classes, but I learned even more about the type of person I want to be. Hopefully the next half of college gets me one step closer to the real world (not too quickly though!).